English/Language Arts: III Preparatory is focused on developing students’ reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar skills, and connections among these components are consistently reinforced. Students begin to read consistently on both literal and figurative levels, delving deeper than plot to engage with the texts’ themes and to discover how an author’s style contributes to the development of those themes. Reading selections include modern and classic novels, as well as selected poems and short stories that are incorporated into thematic units. Students also look deeper into the symbolism of a text as well as an in-depth study of irony. Students engage in an independent reading program that incorporates texts selected by the students themselves and contemporary high interest novels in small group book studies as well as whole class novel studies to advance the child’s literacy and to develop a robust classroom reading community meant to inspire a habit of reading in students so that they become life-long readers and learners.
Mathematics: Two math options are available to III Preparatory students: III Preparatory math and Pre–Algebra. The value of a problem–based approach is that students spend most of their time in math class doing mathematics; making sense of problems and building their understanding. Not all mathematical knowledge can be discovered, so direct instruction is offered where appropriate. The goal is to give students enough background and tools to solve initial problems successfully, and then set them to increasingly sophisticated problems as their expertise increases.
The III Preparatory pre–algebra course includes a review of basic math skills; then, it proceeds to drawing conclusions from data, patterns and measurements in geometry, integers and variable expressions, algebraic equations and inequalities, graphing in the coordinate plane, functions, rational numbers, applications of percent and proportions and probability. Emphasis is placed on skills mastery and on using math concepts.
Social Studies: Preparatory students examine the history of the United States. Using essential questions, the students are guided to discover the reasons for the growth of our nation. The students explore the struggle of power between factions within our democracy, the people, ideas and events that lead to nationalism, as well as questioning how we interact with other nations. . Units of study include the American Revolution, U. S. government, physical expansion of our country, civil war and reconstruction,and industrialism. Key events and people are introduced to help students develop an accurate perspective of the history of our nation.
Science: III Preparatory science is a study of life, Earth, and the environment, the study of Earth’s crust, oceans, pollution and its effects. Working with the University of Oklahoma, students gather soil samples and through analysis, partner with biomedical research in an effort to find new drug-like molecules from fungi. III Preparatory students study the Mississippi watershed area with an emphasis on the effects of plastics in our ditches, rivers, gulf and oceans. The students participate in an overnight field experience at Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) where students work with researchers in the lab and field, kayak in the marsh and participate in a research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. III Preparatory science studies develop lasting impressions about making a positive impact on their environment and community. During their studies of life science, students investigate chemistry of life, plants and animals, living organisms, reproduction and heredity, In partnership with Cornell Lab of Ornithology BirdSleuths©, students utilize our 250 acre campus to identify local birds, their calls and habitat requirements. As Citizen Scientists, students use the Merlin Bird ID app to upload the data they collect through their studies. Incorporating environmental studies, recycled materials are used to make bird houses for campus enjoyment.
Religion: Religion in III Preparatory is rooted in Scripture, faithful to the Tradition of the Catholic Church and invites students into a relationship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Students learn about their faith, celebrate the Mass and sacraments, choose to show love and respect, pray every day, share their faith with others and live out their faith. Students study the New Testament, which tells the story of Jesus, provides the background for the study of Jesus and His mission. Students examine the life of Jesus, and they explore the meaning of His teachings. The Sacraments are studied as a continuation of the life-giving mission of Jesus. Students are asked to measure their values with those of Jesus and are challenged to integrate Jesus’ values with their own. Lessons on prayer and liturgy aid this integration.
French: III Preparatory French uses listening, speaking, reading and writing activities to support the student in reaching rudimentary to working levels of fluency. Listening exercises, online exercises, more extensive writing exercises; continuation of verb conjugation; oral presentations, and individual and group projects provide assessment and encourage creative thought. At this level, students focus on shaping their fluency levels and are encouraged to use authentic communication. The working classroom language is French.